the idea, and expressed his willingness to negotiate the exchange of territories with the East African Company.
The King introduced the third subject himself, by expressing his desire to know what point was the best to occupy as a central post along the Northern frontier between France and the Congo State.
I unhesitatingly pointed out the confluence of the Mbornu with the Welle-Mubangi, but that to supply such a distant station would require a large number of steel whale-boats, such as Forrest & Son, of London, had made for me.
Then he wished to know how the North-eastern frontier could be defended.
I replied that a clever officer would find no difficulty in establishing himself within easy reach of Makraka, and holding out inducements to the former Makraka soldiers of Emin, many of whom would be glad of a refuge against the Mahdists.
At these private receptions His Majesty is accustomed to sit with his back to the window, on one side of a large marble-topped table, while hi